Braaibroodjie (South African Grilled Cheese)
The classic melty sandwich gets even better with the addition of sweet and sour chutney.
Cape Town-based butcher Andy Fenner serves these cheesy sandwiches called braaibroodjie (“barbecue bread”) with beer. His version stacks slices with cheddar, tomato, onions, and chutney before grilling. The chutney is key: Mrs. Ball’s, an iconic brand in South Africa, is made from dried fruits and vinegar, but any sweet-and-sour chutney will do.
Featured in: "The South African Art of Braai."
Yield: makes 4 sandwiches
Time: 25 minutes
- 8 slices white bread
- 4 tbsp. (2 oz.) unsalted butter, melted
- 8½ oz. coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (2 cups)
- 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
- ½ large white onion, very thinly sliced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tbsp. Mrs. Ball’s brand chutney, or another sweet-and-sour chutney
- Prepare a grill or grill pan to cook over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, brush one side of each bread slice with the melted butter.
- Lay the bread, buttered side down, on a clean work surface. Divide the cheese between 4 slices, then top each with 1–2 slices of tomato and onion; season lightly with salt and black pepper. Spread the chutney over the remaining slices of bread, then place them chutney-side-down atop the sandwiches.
- Grill the sandwiches, turning once, until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes per side. Serve hot.
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